Acording to the World Health Organization, the health of our global community is steadily making progress; however, the work is far from finished. The statistics surrounding the prevalence of diabetes, cancer, neglected diseases of poverty, and HIV/AIDS still stagger the imagination. The promise of preventing such needless disease and death is the inspiration for the work we do.
Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD ’85, Installed as the Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine
By Laura Otto
Before a full house and standing ovation, Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, RESD’85, vice president for health affairs and dean of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was formally installed as the Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, Oct. 23.
International Partnership Creates a sub-Saharan African Biorepository to Support HIV/AIDS Research
By Kristin Hubing
W en the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced in July 2013 that Stellenbosch University had been selected as the site for its first AIDS Malignancy Consortium sub-Saharan Africa biorepository, it represented the culmination of a longstanding relationship between the South African university and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Read more
Immunologist Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D., Joins GW’s Efforts to Eradicate HIV/AIDS
By Laura Otto
It was a blustery December afternoon in 1983 when Douglas F. Nixon, a medical student at Westminster Medical School in London, found himself in the midst of a manmade disaster, one that he had to manage. A car bomb planted by the IRA had exploded at Harrods department store, killing six people and injuring 75. “I was the medical student on duty when the bomb went off,” says Nixon. “It was my responsibility to triage the injured and oversee the situation.” The magnitude of that catastrophe changed Nixon’s outlook on medicine forever.